Introducing Motivational Interviewing into Medical Schools
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It was with some hesitancy that I began to read Motivational Interviewing: A Guide for Medical Trainees. Although I have attended several medical student lectures related to the topic, I never imagined myself utilizing motivational interviewing (MI) in my practice. Shortly after beginning this manual, however, I was surprised to find myself doing just that. During a busy day in an outpatient consultation clinic, I easily fell into several of the strategies described by Drs. Douaihy, Kelly, and Gold, the editors of this book, and members of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT).
MI is defined as a “therapeutic conversation that employs a guiding style of communication geared towards enhancing behavior change and improving health status outcomes” (p. 2). The core tenet of MI is that health care providers should guide patients toward articulating their own desire to promote health, rather than counseling in a directive manner, which can lead to resistance. Per the...
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